Artist medium(s): Ceramics
Artist Website: https://www.tomquestpottery.com/
The visual first impression is the most important element to me. The next important element is that the viewer can appreciate the skill I have developed as a craftsman. the process is as important as the finished piece. I continuously refine each step of the process to make my work unique and varied. All of my work is hand-built using slabs of clay, or is extruded through a clay press. I use my skills as a carpenter to construct wooden forms which support and hold the clay while I texture the surface. Many items are used to texture the clay, but my favorite is made from wood and specially cut out on a scroll saw with added enhancements made by a wood burning. Textured clay is only the first step; the glaze must enhance the final appearance. I have tested formulas for years to develop the best glaze combinations to enhance the texture of the surface. I also identify with bold color variety to keep my work different and keep it interesting.